May 4, 2004
COUGAR TRACK & FIELD START CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON: Washington State University will be represented by redshirt freshman Julie Pickler and senior David Turpin at the Pacific-10 Conference Combined Events Championships, Friday and Saturday at Roy P. Drachman Stadium on the University of Arizona campus at Tucson...due to injuries Darion Powell, second place at the 2003 decathlon, and Diana Pickler, fourth place at 2003 heptathlon, will not be competing...the decathlon and heptathlon events will be contested in the evening because of the hot weather...for the rest of the Cougar track and field team not participating in WSU graduation ceremonies, the University of Idaho McDonald's Outdoor Meet will take place Saturday, May 8, at the Dan O'Brien Track at Moscow...while the hammer and 5k events will take place Friday, the other field events begin at 9 a.m., and the running events commence at 1 p.m...for results, go to the official WSU website, www.wsucougars.com.
PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Combined Events will be followed by the championships May 14 and 15, at Tucson...a complete schedule can be found at www.arizonaathletics.com.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 31st season with the Cougar track program; tenth year as a head coach, ninth year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...he is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Mark Macdonald, Kris Grimes, Jason Drake and Ellannee Richardson...volunteer coaches are Dan O'Brien, Michael Friedberg, and Andrea Thornton.
LAST WEEK'S COUGAR HIGHLIGHTS: The Washington State men defeated Washington 112-90, and the Husky women prevailed over the Cougars 108-95...Anthony Buchanan made his senior season debut with a 10.33 win in the men's 100m dash and anchored the 4x100m team to a season-best and meet record time of 39.55...Matt Mason was a triple winner with victories in the 110m hurdles, long jump and running on the short relay...Tim Gerhring won both the shot and the discus...senior Curt Borland heaved a javelin PR on his final throw of the day, 67.15m/220-4...the Cougar women bettered meet records in the pole vault, triple jump and javelin...senior Tamara Gulley won the 200m dash, ran season-best times with second-place finishes in the 100m hurdles and 100m dash, and ran on both relays.